LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews wrestling team saw its two-match win streak snapped by Limestone College Wednesday in the Knights’ home finale.
The Saints edged Joe Baranik’s squad 31-15, spoiling St. Andrews’ senior night festivities.
It was a contest that was closer than the score indicated, however, as Limestone edged St. Andrews in two bouts that were either decided in the closing seconds or sudden victory.
“We left too many points off the board,” Baranik said after the defeat.
The Knights recognized a trio of seniors who were celebrating their final appearance on Harris Court — Dashon Eure, Jared Key and Denzel Leggett. Eure rolled to a pinfall victory in his match, but Key and Leggett suffered close losses that Baranik wishes they could have back.
Leggett and Limestone’s Matthew Ostermiller were tied at 6-all in their 174-pound tilt, but Ostermiller scored the decisive point just before the final whistle. Key (197 pounds) led for most of his bout against Raekwon Reggler despite injuring a finger during the match, but the Limestone freshman mounted a furious comeback and forced sudden victory. In the extra session, he quickly put Key away for the 11-9 decision win.
“All three of them could have won. One did and the other two should have. I wanted it for them,” Baranik said. “We have conference next weekend so hopefully that will make them mad and they can take it out on those guys.”
Eure (141 pounds) was the lone senior to emerge victorious in his final home match, pinning Chris Rivera 52 seconds into their bout.
“For a senior, it was great,” Baranik said. “I was so happy for him. He kept us in the match.”
At 125, Limestone’s James Sass opened the meet with a pin of Brennan Patton. The Saints’ Auston Jamison (133 pounds) followed with a 11-3 major decision win over Tyran Taylor before Eure got the Knights on the board with his pin.
Isaac King emerged with a hard-fought 10-8 decision over Limestone’s Taylor Wickett at 149 pounds before St. Andrews forfeited the 157-pound bout.
Limestone was victorious at 165 pounds as Michael Mota downed Kavoris Perry with a 10-1 major decision victory and at 184 pounds as Steve Clif Decius defeated Argie Burnette by technical fall, 25-10.
St. Andrews’ Tyler Evers (285 pounds) scored a win in the last bout of the night, pinning Chris Sayers.
The Knights will return to the mat Feb. 20 when they travel to Life University for the Mid-South Conference NAIA Qualifer Tournament.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.